Brit Millionaire Dies Cheaply On Deadly Thai Roads

Published on 13th May 2019 by Stickboy BKK

Brit Millionaire Dies Cheaply On Deadly Thai Roads

A British millionaire wasn’t rich enough to buy safety on Thailand’s deadly roads, smashing his minivan into a parked tractor-trailer at full speed in Ayutthaya.

Rescuers had to cut the body of Michael Hawkins, 87, out of his destroyed Mitsubishi Delica after the mid-day Sunday wreck in Bang Pa-in District where he was going to buy parts for the minivan because his Bangkok car garage was closed.

Police speculated the Woking, a Surrey native, was using his telephone while driving. But people closest to the wealthy, well-connected property owner said he likely fainted due to worsening heart problems.

Doctors a week ago tried to hospitalize Hawkins for an enlarged heart, for which he’d been on medication, but he refused despite having passed out at home.

Friends and family members believe he fainted again, this time behind the wheel, ploughing into the parked heavy truck on the hard shoulder without braking.

Hawkins, a director in the U.K.’s Forward Vision Occupational Health And Services Ltd., lived with his well-connected wife, Salipan, 90, in a two-storey, 60s-style house in Phaya Thai, near the Jim Thompson House. Together they own an entire street of properties there worth nearly 500 million baht.

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